If you guys watched my Influenster unboxing video last month, or read my blog post about this lovely blogger Voxbox I receieved, then you know I was pretty excited to get a package of these “Spin Pins”. They’re supposed to be an easy-peasy alternative to bobby pins, and I’ve always wanted to try them out but have never gotten around to actually purchasing any–so, natch, I was thrilled to give these babies a test run.
(Disclaimer: I received the Spin Pins from Influenster for complimentary testing purposes; however, this does not alter my honest review of the product.)
The product: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $7.29 at drugstores
The claim: “…allows you to easily achieve three chic updo styles. Simply twirl your hair up and spin the two Spin Pins in for a perfect undone bun, side bun or double bun!…Does the work of 20 bobbies.” (From their website, which you can visit here)
I tried it: 20 bobbies? Really? A bun is pretty much my go-to every day hairstyle; I like to keep my hair off my neck and face at work, and I like wearing my hair up in an easy bun on days when I really don’t have time for styling. This sounded like a challenge I was happy to accept!
Because my hair is thin and fine, I have trouble holding it in place. I have used lots of products that promised not to slip or slide, and I must say this is the first that really locked into place. I also want to point out how gentle these pins are. I am forever tearing out strands with ponytails and pins, and the fact that these slide in and out of your hair with such ease is really a plus for me. Again–I’ve used lots of products that claim to be “gentle” and aren’t, so it’s nice to find a product that I can use every day without fear of losing even more strands!
I was hoping to have some photo or video tutorials to accompany this review, but with the generally rainy weather and subsequent poor lighting lately, I don’t have anything that shows my hair clearly enough. Hopefully, soon! So, I will just have to explain the process of using these pins as best as I can without a visual aid.
You start by gathering your hair as though to make a ponytail; however, instead of using an elastic to secure your hair, you simply begin twisting the ponytail to create a bun. How tightly you twist is up to you, but I do recommend twisting fairly tightly. Wrap the twist around as though you were going to pin it in place for a bun.
Now, instead of using bobbies, you’re going to use these magical little corkscrews. Hold a pin lengthwise up and down against the back of your head, with the open tips touching your bun. You’re going to use one pin on each side of the bun, so don’t try to center it! The pin should be fairly pressed against the back of your head to hold the bun in place.
Now, just start twisting! It’s so simple it’s ridiculous. The pin glides into your hair in a few smooth twists; you’ll know it’s in when the top is barely sticking out of the bun. Take the other pin and repeat on the other side of your bun. Don’t cross the pins!
My vote: Buy them, buy them, buy them! I am in LOVE with these pins. They’re easy to use, super-gentle, and they really do hold all day. In fact, I would say they hold better than my old clips and pins! I like them sooooo much…I MIGHT just have to give away a set sometime next month…so stay tuned!